NCWA Has Big Weekend at The Citadel
CHARLESTON, S.C. - By Scott Farrell
NCWA Staff -- -- NCWA schools combined to post seven top-five finishes at The Citadel Open in Charleston, S.C., over the weekend. Mike Ahearn of South Carolina (157 pounds), Marcus Chevres of The Apprentice School (133) and Josh Woods of Central Florida (197) each led their schools in a big weekend for NCWA members.
Brooks Pendleton of Georgia Southern, the defending NCWA champion at 235 pounds, placed third in the heavyweight bracket. Central Florida also got fourth-place finishes from Richard Rippy (197 lbs.) and Stephen DeAugustino (141). Will Sexton of Apprentice took fifth at 141 pounds.
No team scores were kept in the event that saw 350-entries from all over the southeast region.
Pendleton pinned Matt Wade of Newberry in the third place heavyweight match to complete a 5-1 record at the tournament. His only loss was a 4-2 decision to Charlie Wolff of Davidson in the semifinals.
Ahearn scored three pins and a technical fall to advance to the finals at 157. Steven Fowler also reached the semifinals at 174 for the Gamecocks.
Apprentice, wrestling for the first time at The Citadel Open, had five wrestlers advance to the quarterfinals led by Chevres. The junior and two-time NCWA All-American, was 5-1 on the day at 133 pounds to lead the Builders' six wrestlers who finished in the top seven in their weight classes.
Chevres scored two major decisions on the day and had wins over Appalachian State and Belmont Abbey wrestlers
en route to the runner-up finish.
Sexton, a junior, also won won five bouts to finish fifth at 141 pounds. After falling to fellow DeAugustino in the second round, 4-3, Sexton ripped off four wins in the wrestlebacks before falling to DeAugustino again 4-2 in the wrestleback semifinals.
Apprentice junior Ricky Anderson went 3-1 at 157 pounds to finish in the top five, with all three wins coming by fall. Builders sophomore Odis Wesby (141) and freshman Malachi Underwood (149) also placed in the top seven.
Central Florida, the defending NCWA champions, had three wrestlers reach the semifinals led by its 197-pounders Woods and three-time All-American Rippy. Both wrestlers fell to Andrew Ewers of Darton College in semifinals (Rippy) and finals (Woods).
DeAugustino, a two-time NCWA All-American, placed fourth overall at 141 pounds. Also for UCF, C.J. Cook reached the wrestlerback quarterfinals also at 141, and Ashton Griffin reached the wrestleback quarterfinals at 133.
Central Florida is ranked second in preseason NCWA Coaches' Poll, with Apprentice third.
Joel Hyder led Georgia's efforts with a wrestlerback quarterfinal appearance at 174 pounds. Hyder lost in the first round but rolled off three straight wins in consolations. Mason Dell reached the wrestleback fifth round. Frankie Miller, a two-time NCWA All-American, reached the fourth round of wrestlebacks.
An Pham (149) and Jackson Govatos (157) also advanced past the second round for Georgia.
Mercer's Charlie Farr reached the wrestleback semifinals in the heavyweight bracket before losing to Pendleton. Other highlights from Mercer came from Wesley Adams, who reached the quarterfinals at 133, and
Cinnegar White, who advanced to the fifth round of wrestlebacks at 165.